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Despite an arsenal of skills that would put most of us to shame, when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Apocalyptic images filled his head. If a rogue wave hit his beach community, could he get out? If he was forced outside the city, could he survive in the wilderness? Let's not even talk about plagues, zombies, and aliens. Unable to quiet his mind, Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end.
Each possible doomsday required a different skill set. Trying to navigate a clogged highway when everyone is trying to leave town? Better go to the best stunt-driving school in the country. Need to protect your family but have no ammunition? Better learn how to handle a knife. Is your kid hurt or mentally strained? Better brush up on emergency medicine and study the psychological effects of trauma. From training with an Olympic weightlifter to an apprenticeship in stealing cars with an ex-gang member, from an intense three-week gun course in the 100-degree heat of Alabama to agonizing lessons in wilderness survival, Sam left no stone unturned. Would it be enough if a meteor rocked the earth? Who's to say? But as Sam points out, it would be a damn shame to survive the initial impact only to die a few days later because you didn't know how to build a fire.
This is participatory journalism at its finest. A rollicking narrative with each chapter framed by a hypothetical doomsday scenario, The Disaster Diaries is for everyone who wants to know what it might take to make it through a cataclysmic event - or just wants to watch someone else struggle to find out.
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By DCLWolf on 06-25-14
Big Bang, Great Starting Point
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The author has a novel hiding in him, and I'll read it when he brings it out. But what makes this how-to guide different from everything else out there, is that the author took an idea of each aspect of what is most important to survival (of anything, really, up to and including a zombie apocalypse), and then went out and lived the aspect. He learned the stuff, instead of just researching it (which he also does). Then wrote about it, and did the writing very well. The horrific aspects are covered dynamically, with humor, and the snippets of apocalyptic fiction woven into the narrative were well done and will surge your pulse. Dealing with the unthinkable is more than stocking food, or spraying a whole lot of bullets (yet these are are covered comprehensively), and Sam Sheridan hits every bull's eye. Great presentation, and great listen. Art et Amour Toujours
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